Hugh Raymond Caffrey Jr., 83, a proud Marine from The Bronx, New York and a longtime resident of Atlanta and Roswell, Georgia, passed away on July 5th, 2022. Family members were by his side as he peacefully entered the kingdom of the Lord.
Hugh was born in The Bronx, NY in 1938. He was raised, along with his sister Maureen, by his parents Hugh Sr. and Mary Caffrey, both of whom immigrated to the United States from Ireland. As a child, Hugh developed a passion for baseball, especially for the NY (baseball) Giants. When Hugh was a late teen, he was invited to tryout with several Major League teams, including the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, and New York Yankees. Hugh attended spring training with the Detroit Tigers before hanging up the cleats and returning to New York, where he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. While enlisted, Hugh served honorably in Japan before entering the reserves and later retiring from the service in 1964.
Upon Hugh's retirement from the military, he started his insurance career with Great American Insurance in New York. It was on a chance encounter one summer at the Jersey shore that he met who would soon be the love of his life. Hugh and Kathleen Kavanaugh (of Galway, Ireland) met and started dating in 1960, and it didn't take long for Hugh to know that he wanted to spend his life with Kathleen. The two were wed in 1964 in New York and, shortly thereafter, Great American relocated the young couple to Atlanta, GA. It wasn’t long before Hugh and Kathleen started a family, welcoming three boys in succession: Richard, John, and Michael. Eight years later, they welcomed their daughter Mary Beth, and the family of six moved from their small Norcross home to Cambridge Court, offering a shorter commute into the city of Atlanta. Hugh was active in their community, coaching his sons' baseball teams and serving as a parishioner at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. An avid fan of the Atlanta sports teams, Hugh often took his family to Braves, Hawks, Flames, and Falcons games. As their family grew up and Hugh and Kathleen became empty nesters, they moved to Roswell in 2005. They became active members in the St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church community and enjoyed watching their children's families grow.
Hugh graduated cum laude from Georgia State University, and he enjoyed a very successful career in the insurance industry. He worked his way up to become President and CEO of the Hilb, Rogal, and Hamilton Company of Atlanta before his retirement in 2003. Hugh was known for his hard work and ability to form lasting friendships with his clients, traits he instilled in his children. Hugh was proud of his accomplishments, but he was even more proud of Richard, John, Mike and Mary Beth, and the adults they became. Hugh loved his beautiful bride Kathleen with all his heart and enjoyed the moments they shared together: whether it was visiting family in NY/NJ and Ireland, going on vacations to the beach, spending time at their mountain home in Young Harris, GA, or having laughs with their extended "family" at places such as Outback in Roswell, Brasstown Valley in Young Harris, and other favorite stops along the way. Hugh's family and friends will miss his love, his humor, and his support, as well as a thumbs up paired with an "All Right!"
Hugh is survived by his wife, Kathleen Caffrey, their two sons, John (Susan) and Michael (Mary) Caffrey, their daughter Mary Beth Rozboril (Todd), and Hugh's sister Maureen Casey, as well as his two nieces and nine grandchildren along with a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his son Richard (Jennifer) Caffrey.
A public visitation will be held on July 10th, 2022, from 4-8pm at Northside Chapel (12050 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075). A mass will be celebrated on July 11th, 2022, at 12pm at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church (11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA), followed by a graveside service at 2pm at Arlington Memorial Cemetery (201 Mt Vernon Hwy NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328).
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Hugh’s honor to
St. Vincent de Paul Georgia 2050-C Chamblee Tucker Rd., Atlanta, GA 30341